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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Cont

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Cont
Technical name:W97M/Cont.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:Cont.A
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Word documents and deletes all the information on the CDE and   F drives.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:Aug. 25, 1999
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Cont is a macro virus that infects Word documents as well as the global template used by this application.

Its most destructive action consists on deleting the information on the C: to F: drives.

Cont spreads through the means normally used by macro viruses. First of all, it infects the global template, and then, it will infect every Word document opened, closed or saved on the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

An indication that Cont has infected a computer are the following properties which this virus inserts in the Word documents it infects one out of three infections.

If you want to check if the properties of your Word documents have been modifies, access the Properties option in the File menu. Then, select the Summary tab, which shows the properties of the document.

When the system date is the 17th of any month, Cont searches for the MINNY.LOG file in the root directory of the hard disk. If the file is found, the virus displays the following message on screen: